Alex is a senior partner in our Intellectual Property (IP) team. He provides strategic advice to businesses in relation to the creation, protection, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights of all kinds. He has a particular focus on patent disputes and is among relatively few lawyers practising primarily outside London with extensive experience in this specialist area of law.
Alex spends most of his time helping businesses to identify, manage and resolve contentious issues relating to intellectual property rights. His strategic approach to dispute resolution and early case analysis frequently enables clients to avoid or settle disputes without litigation. He is a staunch opponent of the kind of approach which sees businesses get themselves trapped in lengthy and expensive court proceedings which cost more (in fees and management time) than they are ever likely to achieve.
He also helps clients to understand their intellectual property rights better, to secure appropriate IPR protection for what they create, and to realise the value of that IPR by commercialising it.
Alex’s practice focuses primarily on the engineering and technology sectors, and he also has extensive experience in the retail (particularly FMCG) sector.
His areas of expertise include:
- Intellectual Property Strategy
- Patent Disputes
- Trade Secret Disputes
- Branding Disputes
- Copyright Disputes
- Design Rights Disputes
- Technology Disputes
- Engineering Disputes.
Alex qualified as a solicitor in 1999.
Leading Individual - Band 2 - Chambers & Partners, 2022
"Alex Newman is exceptional. His strategic thinking and focus on the key elements is a real asset. Alex assesses IP matters and looks for the commercial solution while keeping options open for trial. Overall, Alex’s ability to understand IP cases quickly and to plan for the long-term case management is marvellous" - Legal 500, 2021
"Alex Newman is able to alter his approach to fit the needs of the specific issue. He is a firm but fair litigator and is able to see the bigger picture to deliver results for his clients." – Legal 500, 2020
"strong contentious expertise" – Legal 500 2014
Alex Newman shows "good commercial acumen combined with analytical skills." – Legal 500 2012